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Michigan Tree Climbing Championship & Arbor Fair

The purpose of the Michigan Tree Climbing Championship is to provide a competitive learning environment for those working in the industry and to showcase the highest level of professional skills and safety. This event is open to the public at no cost. See details below for more information. 

Professional tree climbing competitions are held around the world to provide a platform for arborists to learn about the latest in climbing techniques and innovations in equipment. The competitions simulate working conditions of arborists in the field. Male and female competitors perform five different events during preliminary rounds. Each event tests a competitor’s ability to professionally, and safely maneuver in a tree while performing work-related tree-care tasks in a timely manner.

Competitive tree climbing also introduces the public to the skills professional tree climbing arborists must use for safe, professional tree work. Bring your picnic supplies, chairs, and warm blankets to the competition and enjoy the competition.

Preliminary Qualifying Events Competitors are scored individually in each event: Aerial Rescue, Work Climb, Ascent, Belayed Speed Climb, and Throwline. The competitor with the highest score is the winner of that event. First, second, and third place for men and women are awarded for each event.

Competitors’ total scores for all six events are combined and the male and female competitors with the highest combined score from the preliminary events move on to the Masters’ Challenge Championship.

For the Public This event is FREE and open to the Public.  Family and friends of the MTCC competitors are encouraged to bring picnic baskets as there may not be food locations around the park, based on location. However, lunch tickets are available for sale on the competitor registration form. Box lunches will be served to climbers and volunteers complimentary and others purchasing tickets.

MTCC is an outdoor event making use of the natural surroundings at the park for a unique experience.  Please dress for the weather, walking, and possible insects.  

Experience the Arbor Fair - a free public event for kids and adults offering up education on trees and industry equipment, as well as many other fun activities and exhibits!

Future Dates & Locations
  • 2018 – Village at Grand Traverse Commons, Traverse City, MI – September 14-15
  • 2019 – Traverse City, MI – September 13-14
  • 2020 - Detroit Area, MI - September 18-19 pending
  • 2021 - Detroit Area, MI - September 17-18 pending
See the ITCC event in action - Check out our video!  
Video can be seen on the Michigan Tree Climbing Facebook Page.

2018 Climber/Volunteer/Sponsor/Arbor Fair
Registration is CLOSED for Climbers and Volunteers!

Climber Competitor & Volunteer Registration
Climber and Volunteer Registration Information MTCC Sponsorship & Arbor Fair Information

Changes for the 2017 event include an updated rules book and elimination of the Footlock event.  Click here for information on those details.  You will be redirected to the ITCC website.  Each participate will receive a new rule book.  To help with the transition from the Secured Footlock Event to the Ascent Event, ISA has produced a visual guide to illustrate how to run the event. Use this to understand how the event should be run and what goes into each of the three timed components.

Climber Materials Review the following forms for more information on the guidelines for competing. Print off the Gear Check form, complete it and bring it to Climber Check-in on Friday, September 14.

Gear Instructions
Gear Check List Form - print and fill out before coming to Climber Check-in, September 14
TCC Insurance Notice-ASM- for review
TCC Participant/Volunteer Waiver - print, sign and bring to Climber or Volunteer Check-in

2019 Prize Package

Package Sponsors listed below
ASM is pleased to announce the 2019 ArborMaster Climbing Kit Prize Package for the Tree
Climbing Champion (TCC), held in conjunction with the chapter’s 2018 Tree Climbing Championship (TCC) event.

This climbing kit is being offered to each chapter champion (both man and woman, if applicable)!
The package is intended to help equip the chapter representative(s) for the International Tree Climbing
Championship (ITCC) Competition.

Each prize package includes:
• Buckingham Master 5.0 Arborist Tree Climbing Saddle
• Silky Zubat Arborist Professional Hand Saw with Leg Straps
• OREGON® Tool Bag
• Vermeer Logo’d 52 oz. Stainless Steel Oversized Mug
• 50% savings for an ArborMaster® 2-Day or 3-Day Hands-On Training Module
• Samson ArborMaster® 150’ Hawkeye Climbing Line with eye splice